Plain American Language

I cut a sliver/of WC William's finger
and placed it inside/my philosophy...

Monday, September 1, 2008

"Don't forget that you must leave and return" -- George Seferis, A Poet's Journal

The room is more of a mess
than ever. 'Back' means
behind, flat or curved;
returned. In any case

it's what you left,
haven't looked at for some time.
Place things into 'keep' and 'not'.
We have to clean.

How else can we fit the books,
our shoes & livelihood?
The piles of clothing and bits

of the future finally cleared.
That space, over there:
enough room for a computer desk.

The old wooden one filled
with my grandfather's papers.
I asked him. He said
it'll be fine if I take it.

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